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Quick notes on the inaugural speech of our 44th President

Just a few thoughts on Obama's inaugural address:

"Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath." My friend Paul points out that this statement is technically false. Obama is the 44th President, but Grover Cleveland is counted as both the 22nd and 24th Presidents due to his non-consecutive terms, so Obama is only the 43rd American to take the presidential oath. He only just took the oath of office, and he's already lying to us! :D ;)

"We will restore science to its rightful place..." Obama's respect for science is perhaps the biggest reason I support him. Just about any scientist will agree that climate change, not the Middle East or the economy, is our most pressing concern, though of course all three are linked.

"We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and nonbelievers." I doubt the word "nonbeliever" has appeared in any of Bush's speeches, let alone his inaugural address...

Despite what people feel about Bush, I think we need to keep in mind how remarkable it is that we can have a peaceful transition of power like this. We usually take that for granted. Anyway, I wish our new President the best of luck. He's going to need it!

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